|Award Space Not Always Available|
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
United MileagePlus Merchandise Award Sale
The best value frequent flyer awards, usually international premium cabin travel, are never guaranteed. I searched recently and couldn't find any business class award space for two to Munich for the summer. Even domestic coach awards are not a sure thing. Merchandise awards provide less value per mile, but are always in stock and now on sale. A Tumi Alpha 2 Continental Expandable 4-Wheel Carry-On is on sale for 51,400 United miles. 50,000 miles can buy two round trip flights in North America, worth $800 or more, while the bag retails for $645. 1.2c per mile isn't the best value, but the added value is that the merchandise award is available.